Some choice quotes from this article on whether Emmitt Smith's rushing record will ever be broken...
"I do believe it will be approached," Smith said. "I would be naive to think that it could be not approached, because hey, no one actually thought that Walter Payton's record could be approached."
Former NFL safety Rodney Harrison believes when a top running back gets a major contract, the hunger to play wanes.
"Guys won't take care of their bodies like that [to survive]," Harrison said. "They won't. If you're a running back in your third or fourth year and you get a $40 million to $50 million deal -- most of these young kids, this is what drives them, the big paycheck, so once you get the paycheck, what else is going to drive you? What's going to get you to that next level? And unfortunately these guys don't have what LT and Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith had: the will to be the very best. These guys want to get paid."
One night during his sixth season, he went over his plan to pass Payton with teammate Nate Newton. Newton, a guard, said Smith talked about needing to average a certain amount of yards every season if he was going to catch Payton.
"A guy has to take care of his body and take care of his mental state of mind knowing he's going to be playing through a lot of key injuries," Newton said. "He has to come in knowing he wants this record. He can't wait until his fifth year, saying, 'I want this record.' You have to do it when you come out."